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If you have exposed roots and are noticing your teeth appear larger than normal, you may need a gum-rejuvenation procedure with Dr. Tatyana Pihur in San Francisco. Gum recession can be the result of several factors, including:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Poor brushing technique
  • Neglecting oral hygiene
  • Bruxism
  • Crooked teeth
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral piercings
  • Hormones
  • Tobacco use


Some of the best ways to prevent receding gums include:

  • Using the correct brushing technique
  • Refraining from grinding and clenching the teeth
  • Receiving treatment for misaligned teeth
  • Breaking habits that irritate the gums
  • Wearing a nightguard

Treatment for Gum Recession and Gum Disease IN SAN FRANCISCO

If you have exposed roots and notice your teeth have become very sensitive, you may need a gum recession procedure to restore the gum line. Restoring the gums can improve your oral health and also improve the appearance of your smile.

Common Causes of Gum Recession

Exposed roots and receding gums can be the result of several factors, including:

  • Periodontal disease – An active infection in the mouth can destroy the gums.
  • Genetics – Approximately 30 percent of the population is at risk for developing gum disease because of genetics.
  • Brushing technique – If you are using the wrong brushing technique or toothbrush, your gums may start to wear away and recede.
  • Poor oral care – When you neglect your oral health, you increase the risk of developing gum disease and symptoms such as gum recession.
  • Hormones – Fluctuating hormones, particularly during pregnancy, can affect the gums and cause gum recession.
  • Tobacco use – Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause excessive plaque formation, which often leads to gum disease and may result in recession of the gums.
  • Clenching and grinding teeth – Pressure from grinding or clenching the teeth on a consistent basis can damage the gums.
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth – If your teeth are out of alignment, you may be putting more pressure on certain areas, and this can wear down the gum tissue.
  • Lip and tongue piercings – When oral jewelry comes in contact with the gums regularly, the tissues often respond by receding.
  • Orthodontic treatment – When your teeth are shifting and moving during orthodontic treatment, you may notice gum recession in some areas.

Exposed root surfaces may not only be sensitive, but are also at a higher risk of decay than other areas. If you have exposed roots and think you may need treatment, schedule your gum recession consultation in San Francisco, CA, with Dr. Pihur today.